TNH Modern Season 18
I think before I started racing rfactor they did assigned lanes. When H1 was doing the 1 minute bouy (my favorite 😁)we did it too.
I hated assigned lanes since it rewarded consistently good finishes. So if you make even one mistake in any heat, you pretty much have almost no chance to win.
I liked the 1 minute bouy rule though since it prevented the boats from trolling down the backstretch and pretty much parking in the inside lanes, forcing those of us who don't troll to start on the outside all the time. The only way to get a good lane was to abandon your own strategy and troll with the rest of the field. Fortunately, the minimum speed rule fixed that problem.
When we first started the only milling rule was that you couldn't come to a complete stop. I felt that this benefited people trying to make a flying start on the outside the most because you'd end up with people trolling so hard to get the inside they'd have no speed at the start. However there tended to be way too many boats running into each other with this setup.
From there we added a score-up buoy as the entrance pin to the last turn, once you hit that buoy before the start you were no longer allowed to make lane changes, you had to maintain that lane all the way through turn 1.
From there we tried some other things like 1 minute score-up on exit of turn 1. I didn't like this as it required an extra judge to watch the score-up.
Then we did minimum speed at 50mph in UHL races, but TNH did 80mph. I think that was just to copy the H1 rules. Personally I liked the slower 50mph speed limit.
TNH did some assigned lane racing also, but like CP said, it made the racing more un-even and fighting for lanes is part of the fun.
Minimum speed with score-up at entrance to turn 2 before the start seems to be the best solution.
@Scott-Przybylski thank you for sharing!
It's neat to see that many of us share the same passion of unlimited hydroplanes and competitive racing.
Scott now that you mention the wreck part to the no speed minimum, I could see where this could be a challenge for the less experienced drivers like myself. And with my limited perspective that I have with other race courses besides San Diego I was courious to how others liked this format. particularly with the San Diego course where lane 1 pretty much wins with current rules I was just thinking about some other options and if the group has a place they discuss this type of thing? Not that I am trying to start any change! Just out of couriosity. we have seen h1 change the rules throughout the season depending on which course. Besides, if you're not rubing your not racing right 😉 And B Rig bringing up the point of being inclusive. Thank you.
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@cp65 good point on assigned lanes. Thank you!
@Mickey I'd really like to try the 1 min buoy format sometime. Seems like fun. Thank you!
If we want to try assigned lanes we can do the 91 season every heat including the final the lanes were drawn at random.
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@Mickey if you ever host a race with assigned lanes I'll definitely give it a shot. With that format do you do the reversals? Example Winner of 1a starts on outside in round 2 and last place gets lane 1?
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